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President Murmu takes a stroll on beach in Puri, highlights need for environmental conservation | India News


Jul 8, 2024

NEW DELHI: President Droupadi Murmu, currently on a four-day visit to Odisha for the Jagannath Ratha Yatra and other events, took a moment to share her reflections on nature via a series of posts on social media platform X. During her busy schedule, she visited Puri’s Golden Beach and shared her thoughts and images from the visit.
“There are places that bring us in closer touch with the essence of life and remind us that we are part of nature.Mountains, forests, rivers, and seashores appeal to something deep within us,” President Murmu posted. “As I walked along the seashore today, I felt a communion with the surroundings – the gentle wind, the roar of the waves, and the immense expanse of water. It was a meditative experience.”

President Murmu also expressed how this connection with nature brought her profound inner peace, similar to her experience during her darshan of Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannathji. “It brought to me a profound inner peace that I had also felt when I had a darshan of Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannathji yesterday. And I am not alone in having such an experience; all of us can feel that way when we encounter something that is far larger than us, that sustains us and that makes our lives meaningful,” she wrote.

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President Droupadi Murmu at Puri Beach

She highlighted the disconnection of humankind from nature due to the hustle and bustle of daily life and the resulting environmental consequences. “In the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, we lose this connection with Mother Nature. Humankind believes it has mastered nature and is exploiting it for its own short-term benefits. The result is for all to see. This summer, many parts of India suffered a terrible series of heatwaves. Extreme weather events have become more frequent around the globe in recent years. The situation is projected to be far worse in the decades to come,” she said.

President Droupadi Murmu at Puri Beach

President Droupadi Murmu at Puri Beach

President Murmu also pointed out the impact of global warming on oceans and coastal areas, saying, “More than seventy percent of the surface of the earth is made up of oceans, and global warming is leading to a rise in global sea levels, threatening to submerge coastal areas. The oceans and the rich variety of flora and fauna found there have suffered heavily due to different kinds of pollution.”
She concluded with a call for both large-scale and local efforts to protect and conserve the environment, highlighting the traditions of people living close to nature as a guiding example. “Fortunately, people living in nature’s lap have sustained traditions that can show us the way. Inhabitants of coastal areas, for example, know the language of the winds and waves of the sea. Following our ancestors, they worship the sea as God.”

President Droupadi Murmu at Puri Beach

President Droupadi Murmu at Puri Beach

“There are two ways, I believe, to meet the challenge of protection and conservation of the environment; broader steps that can come from governments and international organisations, and smaller, local steps that we can take as citizens. The two are, of course, complementary. Let us pledge to do what we can do – individually, locally – for the sake of a better tomorrow. We owe it to our children,” she concluded in her posts.

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